I’m giving the iWatch a hard side-eye. Apple.com says “Coming Early 2015!”
This is me looking at my watch and muttering, it’s early 2015, people. Where’s the damn watch?
I just clicked over to the Apple site and, well, it sure is pretty. The thing is, if I buy Gen-1, I’ll be all sad because I’ll be too poor to afford the new model when it comes out, but if I don’t get it, I’ll be sad because I don’t have a new toy to play with.
Anyway, I still love my Pebble, and it’s my love for the Pebble that makes me so excited about the iWatch. I found an app for my Pebble that makes it do fitness stuff. Like counting steps, plus it works when you’re on a treadmill, which is good. It’s supposed to be able to track your sleep but, and I’ll be honest here, I’m too lazy to set it up. But the step thing just works. In fact, for a while after I added the app to the watch, I didn’t even check because I figured I’d have to set it up, and I hate reading instructions even more than I hate being frustrated by a non-intuitive UI. Imagine my surprise when I accidentally ended up at the app after pressing the down button one time too many and there it was telling me I’d walked 5,000 steps…. See, that’s the best kind of interface, one where it just works. So, now I’m checking my steps and being all proud of myself after the morning workout and walking around the office all day.
I also like seeing who’s calling without having to look at the phone, or being able to check a text without checking the phone etc. But, from the
videos movies films of the iWatch, it’s interactive in a way the Pebble is not. So, I ask you? If I can afford the iWatch, how am I going to resist?
Are You Talking To Me?
I still like the Echo. Timers are awesome. And flash briefings are still my favorite. I’ve started using the shopping list thing more. Now I have a serious wish. I wish I could say, “set a timer for [some period] and tell me [some phrase]” So I would say, “Alexa, set a timer for 7.5 minutes, coffee” and at the end of 7.5 minutes the timer would go off and the Echo would say “JSON, your coffee is ready.” I want that and I want it bad. Think about how useful that would be! Multiple timers and alarms, so you’d be reminded to take your medicine, or “You have a doctor’s appointment in 30 minutes, do you know where you keys are?” It would not be unheard of for me to set an alarm or timer and have it go off and I’m sitting there going, wha?
You could set that up from a calender …. Google Calendar, maybe, or iCal, and if there was an API (Are you listening, Amazon???) you could hook up your calendar event (if you wanted to) to the Echo, and that would be beyond awesome. Then you could get the Echo to tell you what appointments you have coming up. And if you could phone home to Echo, you could call a number and your Echo could tell you stuff!
Hands Free Driving
I also want a self-driving car. I want to sit in the car and let it drive me where I need to go. (Please, no getting frisky in the comments. Hell already called and said they’re not letting me in.)
Notifications that actually Notify
Maybe your bank is different, but mine sends me text messages and emails about balance activities and amounts and they are always 48 hours behind. I don’t care if I had money two days ago. That doesn’t mean I have money today. That was then, this is now. Get with it.
OK, that last one was really just me complaining. Banks have the technology and ability to contact you about your money in a timely manner, but if they did that, how would they charge you for not remembering the date of one of your bill pays and buying something shiny when you should have waited till next pay period?
What technology do you wish for? Pretend no one’s going to scrape the data and sell it to spammers.